Cuisinart Recall Impacts 8 Million Food Processors, Due to Risk of Broken Blade Pieces
More than 8 million Cuisinart food processors have been recalled, following dozens of reports involving problems where pieces of the metal blades broke off into the food, resulting in at least 30 consumer complaints involving mouth lacerations and tooth injuries.
The Cuisinart food processor recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 13, following at least 69 consumer complaints that suggest the riveted metal blades may crack and break off into the food being processed. To date, injuries caused by the recalled food processors appear to involve cuts to the interior of the mouth and tooth damage caused by the metal blade pieces.
Federal safety officials are recalling the Cuisinart food processors due to the severity and variety of hazards posed by the breaking blades. Cuisinart reports that the riveted blades may become worn over time and can crack into small metal pieces, which can then be processed into the food.
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In addition to a risk of mouth and tooth injuries, the Cuisinart food processor blade pieces may cause choking or internal organ laceration hazards if the fragments are fully consumed. The CPSC recommends customers stop using the recalled food processors immediately and check the blades to determine whether any food previously processed and stored away could have broken riveted blade fragments in it.
The recall includes Cuisinart food processors equipped with riveted blades that are silver colored stainless steel with a beige plastic center hub. The recalled processors have model numbers that begin with CFP-9, CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11, DFP-14, DLC-5, DLC-7, DLC-8, DLC-10, DLC-XP, DLC-2007, DLC-2009, DLC-2011, DLC-2014, DLC-3011, DLC-3014, EV-7, EV-10, EV-11, EV-14, KFP-7 or MP-14. The brand name Cuisinart is printed on both the front base and bottom of the food processors and according to the CPSC, only the food processors with four rivets in the blades are included in the recall.
The CPSC indicates that roughly 8 million units were sold in the United States, with an additional 300,000 were distributed for sale in Canada.
The Cuisinart food processors were manufactured in China under Conair Corporation of Stamford, Connecticut. They were distributed for sale at department, gourmet and specialty stores nationwide and through various online retailers from July 1996 through December 2015 for between $100 and $350.
Customers are being asked to stop using the devices immediately and to contact Cuisinart toll-free at 877-339-2534 or visit them online at www.cuisinart.com and navigate to the “Product Recalls” link at the bottom of the page for information on how to receive a free replacement blade.
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